When Creatures of Yoga's founder, Sarah Feiden, first began to dabble in yoga, it was simply to fulfill an extracurricular college credit, but its physical and mental benefits soon led to personal fulfillment, inspiring Sarah to pursue a career sharing her newfound passion with others. During the Hatha-based sessions, Sarah—now a certified instructor—leads students through a series of postures each held for 30–60 seconds to help muscles sink into deep, relaxing stretches while the brain takes a break for commercial. Limited to around 15 pupils, the classes' small size ensures personalized attention, and the soothing music that fills the studio keeps yogis' minds relaxed as they push their bodies safely to the edge.
At her newly opened pastry shop, Candace Chang draws from her worldwide travels to invent internationally inspired desserts that balance flavorful ingredients and low sugar content. Imported goodies such as Belgian chocolate, French chestnuts, and Taiwanese coconut blend to form delicately molded pastries, each topped with fresh fruit arranged in colorful patterns or the buyer's family tartan. The colorful cake gallery also offers dairy-free options and lighter nibbles, ranging from tofu-based cheesecake to fluffy mousse. Dolce Delights pairs its sweets with Lavazza coffee imported from Italy.
In more than 1,112 stores worldwide, Edible Arrangements' Fruit Experts arrange pieces of premium fruit in stunning displays for all occasions. Customers can customize their order to suit any occasion, receiving chocolate-dipped fruit such as pineapples, granny-smith apples, and juicy strawberries that, unlike the sodas found in most mummies' crypts, don't contain any preservatives. Fruit Experts can dip fruit in gourmet semisweet or white chocolate. For birthdays and anniversaries, chocolate wielders can personalize bouquets with gifts such as plush teddy bears and mylar balloons.
Amid the staccato snips of clippers and the scents of lilies and daisies, Laura Platas and her team of floral artists arrange fresh bouquets. A catalog of premade designs serves as a jumping-off point for custom arrangements, which clients can personalize with baby’s breath, roses, and tufts of ferns. Displayed in selections from a range of vases, the colorful bundles are ideal for birthdays, anniversaries, and attempts to distract bees from rude pamphlets about their queen. The florists, who speak English and Spanish, also specialize in event decorations and wedding arrangements.
TigerDirect.com's vast virtual warehouse distributes computer parts, software, and gadgetry around the world, backed by their brick-and-mortar stores around the nation. Home to PC and computing experts, the stores dole out repair and advice in equal sums, answering questions about virus issues such as pop-ups or nasty computer-sneezing fits. Founded on the principles of putting the consumer first, TigerDirect offers same-day shipping and business-to-business sales, and they boast a spyware-tight website security guarantee that will cover customer liability up to $50.
The Paw Depot caters to pets and their caretakers by offering healthy foods and performing a variety of services. Food for dogs and cats include grain-free, raw, and organic options from brands such as Fromm, Earthborn, and PureVita. Guests with questions about the proper food for their pet can schedule a nutrition consultation and diet analysis. Once properly fed, dogs can pair up with an expert for behavioral training.